גבי אשכנזי
Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi
Photo: Avi Moalem
U.S. Secretary of State meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi during his visit last week

Ashkenazi says Trump peace plan is an 'historic opportunity' for Israel

Incoming top diplomat states that all actions will be taken 'responsibly', in full coordination with the U.S., and in line with of all previous peace treaties signed by Jerusalem

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 05.18.20 , 12:44
Incoming Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan on Monday a “historic opportunity” to shape Israel’s borders, but stopped short of explicitly mentioning a possible annexation of West Bank territory.
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  • The outline, which was presented in January, promotes the establishment of a Palestinian state on some 70 percent of the West Bank, pockmarked with settlement enclaves that would be annexed to Israel.
    מייק פומפאו נפגש עם גבי אשכנזי בזמן ביקורו בישראלמייק פומפאו נפגש עם גבי אשכנזי בזמן ביקורו בישראל
    U.S. Secretary of State meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi during his visit last week
    (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Israel)
    Sitting next to his predecessor as Israel’s top diplomat, incoming Finance Minister Israel Katz, Ashkenazi said the administration’s plan will be advanced “responsibly, with full coordination with the United States and maintaining all of the State of Israel’s peace agreements and strategic interests.”
    “We have a duty to ensure we distance our citizens from the risk of war and pursue peace,“ he said.
    דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה
    Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Trump during the unveiling of the peace plan at the White House in January
    (Photo: GPO)
    Many in the international community opposed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to unilaterally annex large parts of the Jordan Valley.
    Netanyahu announced his intention in advance of the September elections. According to the coalition agreement, he would be able to bring the annexation to a vote in the Knesset or the cabinet as soon as July 1.
    “I see great importance in strengthening the ties with the countries with which we have peace, Egypt and Jordan,” Ashkenazi stated. “They are the most important allies in dealing with regional challenges.”
    המלך עבדאללה בנהרייםהמלך עבדאללה בנהריים
    Jordan's King Abdullah II inspecting soldiers near the border with Israel
    The comment came several days after Jordan's King Abdullah II said there will be a "massive" confrontation between Israel and Jordan if the former annexes the Jordan Valley. Asked if he would end the peace treaty with Israel, Abdullah said he doesn't "want to make threats and create an atmosphere of controversy, but we're considering every option."




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